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Tampa Teddy Bear Show Contest & Review

Bright Star Promotions'

Tampa Florida Teddy Bear Show

February 21, 2016

Crowne Plaza Westshore Hotel

 

Punxsutawney Phil, weather predicting groundhog extraordinaire, might be predicting an early Spring, but some teddy bear artists couldn't wait. The pull of sun, fun and teddy bears was just too much and they headed down south to Tampa, Florida to ring in their own kind of Spring.

 

Part of the fun included a competition, "Fifty Shades of Brown," a teddy bear challenge.

 

For the past several years, Valerie Rogers has issued the challenge and this year's challenge was to create a bear using any color of brown.

 

Eighteen artists with seventeen beautiful brown bears and one springtime bunny, took up the charge and showed that creativity is boundless when it comes to teddy bears.

 

Collectors were brimming with excitement over the event and cast their votes.

 

18 bears competed in the contest

"50 Shades of Brown!"

Each entry was hand made by the
exhibiting teddy bear artist.

Tables held the 'brown' bears and they all lined up for
the voters to see.

The name of the bear and artist along with the price were found on their place cards. Bears were for sale unless otherwise indicated. Many were sold but stayed in the contest to score more votes!

Collectors and visitors voted for their favorite!

 

Often a hard thing to do!

 

Artists with their bears, anxiously await the announcement!

 

Who will the winner be?

 

 

Third Place Winner!

Third Place went to Isabella Hoffmann of Bearly Collectible from West Allis, Wisconsin.

 

Waddington, her large dark brown bear won Third Place and she was presented with a Collectors Choice Certificate and $50.00 in prize money!

Second Place Winner!

Diana Watts of DiBears, from Naples, Florida won Second Place for her brown rabbit named Burnette.

 

She also was awarded a certificate and $50.00 prize money!

First Place Winner!

First Place went to Judy Anderson of Ashenberry from Norfolk, Connecticut for her entry "Pick Me".

 

He held a little sign saying "Pick Me." Was he referring to the bouquet of flowers he was holding or offering voting suggestions?

 

Judy won a certificate and $100.00 in prize money!

 

Congratulations to all who entered and all who won!

The creativity shown in all the entries was marvelous!

 

Contact the Artists

 

Business Name Dealer Name E-Mail Address
Ashenberry Judy Anderson ashnbry@comcast.net
Babcock Bears Pat Berkowitch babcockbears@tds.net
Bearily Pawsing Donna Manthey bearilypaw@aol.com
Bearkidz Marion Fraile bearkidz@aol.com
Bearly Collectibles Isabelle Hoffmann bearlycollectibles@hotmail.com
Bears Against MS Valerie Sewell valerie@bearsagainstms.com
Bears by Two Hearts Trish Hansford 2heartstc@verizon.net
Bears for Pete Sake Dian Pete bearsforpetesake@gmail.com
Bears of the Abbey Susan McKay mckayabbey@rogers.com
Charbears Charlene Draeger charbears@comcast.net
Chatham Village Bears Art Rogers geoart1@swbell.net
China Cupboard Bears Cindy McGuire chinacupboardbears@hotmail.com
Collins Gift Shop Wendy Collins collinsgifts14@aol.com
Cookie's Critters Donna Nielsen donna@cookiescritters.com
DiBears Diana Watts dibears@aol.com
Gilmur Rudley Bears Jackie Melerski gilmurrudley@aol.com
Good Bears of The World Terrie Stong, goodbears1@sbcglobal.net
Happy Tymes Collectibles Bev White bev@happytymes.net
Heir Bears Jane Woodard Heirbears@aol.com
Martha's Bears Martha Burch mdrbears@aol.com
Mohair Maniac Donna Mettling mohairmaniac@gmail.com
My Apple Tree Cindy Malchoff cindy@myappletree.com
Notchlok Sandy Czaja notchlokbears@q.com
PRFect Pals Pat Fairbanks pdfairbanks@verizon.net
Quilts n Critters Marilyn Wagner mwaggs2@aol.com
Raspbeary Bears Darlene Allen raspbeary_bears@hotmail.com
The Teddy Bear Maker Carol Miller teddybearmaker69@netzero.net
The Toy Store Ben & Beth Savino beth@toystorenet.com
Wandabears Wanda Shope wbshope@sbcglobal.net
Wicked Bear Fibers Dale Crocker wickedbearfibers@gmail.com

 

Show Happenings!
 
Saturday Workshops
 

Art Rogers of Chatham Village Bears conducted a class where the students made a big eye pelican.

 

Precise stitching to his web feet!

 

Wanda Shope presented a workshop where students made a Steampunk pin cushion.

 

Intricate details and clock parts made the piece exciting!

Before the doors opened!

 

Artists submit photos of their bears to be considered for the colorful collectors invitation post card.

 

Pizazz, was chosen for the Tampa post card, made by Wanda Shope from Yreka, California. 

 

She was presented with a Winners Certificate, "I'll hang this proudly in my studio."

 

If you did not receive a post card this year, or did not fill out a door prize ticket, just email us your name and address. We'll send you a card next year!

A few candid photos during the show!
 

We were so happy to see you!

 

You made our show 'sparkle'

 

See you again next year!

 



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